In Murray, Kentucky, Gallery X Art Collective tattoo artists Jeremiah Swift and Ryun King are offering free sessions to cover up racist tattoos for people who have changed their minds for the better. From CNN:
"We also got a guy with a giant swastika who said he has never taken his shirt off in front of his kids, [King said.] I like seeing that. I like seeing people want to change themselves for the better. That swells me full of emotions[...]"
King's first client was Jennifer Tucker, a 36-year-old mother of two who wanted to cover up a small Confederate flag she got tattooed on her ankle when she was 18 years old. [Image above]
"I went to a school where there wasn't a single black person," Tucker told CNN. "Our community had no black families, they would literally run them out every time one moved in. Everyone in my school flew rebel flags and had rebel flag tattoos and I bandwagoned and got the tattoo. It was a horrible thing to do."
After high school, Tucker moved to Paducah, Kentucky, where she became involved in various solidarity movements and peaceful protests aimed at uniting the community and fighting racial injustice against black people.
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As a teenager, Mark Holmgren of Edmonton, Canada lost all use of his arm after a motorcycle accident. Last year, he decided to have the nonfunctional arm amputated. But he also had a curious request of his physicians: Holmgren wanted to keep the lost limb.
“I carried it out of the hospital in a garbage bag,” Holmgren told CTV News Edmonton. “I actually kept it in my freezer for about a month.”
Apparently it wasn't easy to find a taxidermist willing to remove the flesh and prepare the bones for display.
“A couple of them told me no, like right away. There was no way that they were going to touch human body parts.”
Eventually, he found a taxidermy shop willing to do the job.
“I’m just going to keep it probably behind the sink in the kitchen," Holmgren says. "I’m happy I did it. It’s just not for everybody.”
More: "This Edmonton man had his arm amputated. Then he kept the bones." (CTV News Edmonton)
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In the same week that Democrats announce they'll hold hearings to probe why Trump's Interior Department shrank Bears Ears National Monument by 85%, the internet is abuzz with this image. Archaeologists have identified this artifact as a 2000-year-old tattooing instrument, unearthed from Bears Ears in Utah.
New findings published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports this week show that this tool, found at the ancient Native American site, is a tattoo needle fashioned from cactus spines that was created between years 137–215 CE.
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Brazilian tattoo studio Menace Tattoo shared this cool design of a week-old tattoo inspired by the work of Veks Van Hillik. Watch as artist Silvia Martins opens the wings of her new tattoo: Read the rest
Tattoo by Roy Rowlett of Mama Tried Tattoo Parlour in Louisville, Ky.
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Tukoi is a Melbourne-based tattoo artist who specializes in fluorescent tattoos. Read the rest
Black Light Visuals travels to music concerts and lets festival-goers dip their arms into vats filled with their fluorescent dyes, leaving them with marbled appendages that glow in black light. Read the rest
LEWISINK, a 27-year-old artist based in France, does amazing geometric tattoos. Read the rest
Georgie Williams creates cybernetic-inspired tattoos. She's currently doing bookings on the west coast, but she's soon heading out to Oceania next month. Read the rest
Researchers have found the world's oldest known tattoos -- a bull and a goat-like animal -- on a 5,200-year-old Egyptian mummy in the British Museum. From The Independent:
Along with a Copper Age European of almost identical vintage, found preserved in an Alpine glacier, the ancient Egyptian is the oldest tattooed individual ever discovered.
However, the Alpine mummy – often dubbed the Iceman – only had seemingly abstract groups of dots tattooed on him. The Egyptian, on the other hand, bears the earliest known example of tattoos in figurative art form.
Examination of the art suggests they were made with a carbon-based pigment, probably soot.
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Belgian tattoo artist Inal Bersekov does highly-detailed work that recreates famous moments from history and movies. Read the rest
Ashley Soto used to be embarrassed about her vitiligo, which started at age 12. Now she uses her vitligo as a sort of stencil to create all kinds of interesting body art pieces. Read the rest
Tattoo artist Clae Welch gives Casey Lubin eleven tattoos, in the styles of representative American tattoo artists from each decade in the last century. (WatchCut Video)
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Nuno Barbosa's video for Emmy Curl's "Come Closer" layers projected images and body art by João Tiago Fernandes for a simple yet captivating effect. Read the rest